Monthly Archives: November 2017

East Malvern RSL Jazz Christmas Breakup – Wednesday 6th December – Creole Bells

                                                      Our Christmas breakup for the 2017 East Malvern program will be on Wednesday week the 6th of December featuring the masters of classic jazz , the Creole Bells Revival Band who will be presenting two hours of hot jazz from the 1920s and 30s through to the compositions from the 1940s onwards of the Australian jazz pioneers such as Graeme & Roger Bell, Ade Monsbourgh and Frank Johnson. The Creole Bells are led by Steve Waddell on trombone & vocals along with Bob Pattie cornet, Graeme Pender reeds , Tony Orr banjo , guitar & vocals, Doug Rawson piano and Alan Stott sousaphone.
Everybody is welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.
Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !
Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.
Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.
Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries : 9874 8870 or 0425 735 428.
The 2018 East Malvern jazz season will open on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 with the return from Denmark of Melbourne born musician Chris Tanner for a reunion with the legendary Virus.

Tony Newstead

Melbourne trumpeter Tony Newstead died in Melbourne on the 6th of November 2017. Tony was born on the 1st of October 1923. He took up trumpet in 1940 and  joined the RAAF in 1942 and served in New Guinea until the end of the Second World War. On discharge from the Air Force at Melbourne University he played with the Varsity Vipers with musicians such as Nick Polites, Ken Ingram, Will McIntyre and Keith Cox.

In the late 1940s he started leading his own bands   using the word Southside in the band name.  A fine musician his trumpet style , tone and phrasing reflected his love for the music of Bix Beiderbecke and bands under his leadership had a strong swinging Chicago style sound which he pioneered in this country.   Highly qualified in telecommunications technology he studied and worked in the UK , the United States  and Hong Kong for extensive periods which allowed him to sit in and record with many overseas groups .  The cover of the 1960 Swaggie EP called “ Tony Goes Chicago “ has an iconic photo of Tony sitting in at Eddie Condon’s Nightclub in 1958 with musicians of the musical  stature of Rex Stewart, Buzzy Drootin, Gene Schroeder and Herb Hall.

In Australia Tony played and recorded actively with leading bands such as Storyville, the Powerhouse Band, the Yacht Club Band and many other jazz groups. During his time in Washington he led the Potomac River Jazz Club Band and performed and recorded with local bands at the Manassas Jazz Festivals in 1972 and 1973. Examples of Tony’s musicianship can be found in a compilation CD called “ The Best Of Tony Newstead – a retrospective “ available from the Australian Jazz Museum. The CD includes recorded works of the Southside Gang of the 1960s, Storyville and the Yacht Club Band of the 1970s together with examples of live sessions recorded in the United States for the Fat Cat label.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Le Pine, 981 Burke Road , Camberwell at 10.00 am this  Friday the 17th of November .

Classic Jazz at East Malvern RSL – Wednesday 15th of November

The name says it all . On Wednesday week the Victorian Jazz Club is very proud to present a night of hot jazz from the 1920s & 1930s  at the East Malvern RSL  between 7.30 & 10.00 pm with Golden City Classic Jazz with special guest Graham Eames on trumpet.

This band was one of the highlights of the 71st Australian Jazz Convention at Ballarat

Led by Herb Jennings on trombone this band is made up of some of Australia’s top musicians playing in the classic jazz style including Garry Richardson on reeds, Barry Hirst on piano and vocals , Tony Orr on banjo, guitar and vocals, Allan Stott on sousaphone , Richard Opat on drums and washboard and from Adelaide,  a master of hot jazz trumpet , Graham Eames.  Herb has put together a program of hot jazz & blues that will be a treat for listeners and dancers alike. A special night of jazz – for one  night only !

Admission : Victorian Jazz Club members – $15.00 , visitors – $20.00.

Doors open for dinner in the Jazz Room at 6.00 pm . Music starts at 7.30 pm.

Bookings are advisable . Bookings & Enquiries :  9874 8870 or 0425 735 428.  

Our 2017 Christmas special will be on Wednesday the 6th of December with the Creole Bells Revival Band.

The 2018 East Malvern season will open on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 with the return from Denmark of Melbourne born musician Chris Tanner & Virus.

Everybody is  welcome. You don’t have to be a member of the Victorian Jazz Club to attend.

Come along , enjoy live jazz and spread the word !

 

 

 

John Scurry’s Reverse Swing – New CD post matinee

Melbourne based guitarist and composer John Scurry has released a new CD called post matinee by his band Reverse Swing which will be available this weekend at the Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival.

17 tracks all composed by John Scurry. The band features Eugene Ball trumpet, Michael McQuaid tenor sax and clarinet, Matt Boden piano, Howard Cairns bass and John Scurry guitar. Guests on the CD include Shelly Scown vocals, Danny Fischer drums, James Macauley trombone and Phil Noy alto. With musicians of the calibre it promises to be a great production .

The CD is available in Melbourne through Readings, Thomas’ Music and Northside Records and downloads can be purchased at www.lionsharecords.com.